As a user of the newest section of the Portage Hike and Bike Trail off of Crain Avenue I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of trails users that I see out there. We like to brag that Kent prides itself on it’s eclecticism and that theme carries over into trail users as well. I’ve seen bike racers, kids with training wheels, a unicyclist, roller bladers, joggers pushing strollers, runners, speed walkers, slow walkers and everything in between. It amazes me that no matter what the weather is doing or the time of day that I go to use the trail I’m sharing it with a dozen or so others. And age is no obstacle, I’ve been passed by folks with many more miles on their legs and years on their birth certificate but I’m also pleased to report that it seems to be a favorite of students as well. A new trail segment opens this weekend, June 6th at 11am with a ribbon cutting at Fred Fuller Park.
Today’s trails are yesterday’s health spa’s — the outdoors is in — and we’ve got access to a lot of trails here in Kent. The latest trail opening offers hikers and bikers a chance to tour the south side of town from the Middlebury Road bridge into downtown Kent. It’s another very scenic segment that is worth visiting if for no other reason to see the great new pedestrian bridge and wide boardwalk. Once you see it, I think you’ll agree that this $1.35 million project was worth every penny.
Here’s how the hike and bike trail map is shaping up:
To see how the Kent sections connect into the Regional Hike and Bike Plan click here.